Myrtle Beach, SC, February 26, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Widely recognized as the #3 Men’s Professional Golf Tour in the US, most regard the talent on the NGA Pro Golf Tour as second to none. Keegan Bradley, Zach Johnson, and Bubba Watson all won on the NGA Tour before becoming Major Champions. Scott Stallings, Russell Henley, Scott Piercy, Michael Thompson, and many many more competed on the NGA Tour before becoming TOUR Champions.
Inevitably there will be several members of the 2014 NGA Tour Pro Series who will find the same success as the NGA Tour alumni before them. Here is our list of 10 players to watch on the NGA Tour this upcoming season:
1. Chris Ross (E Michigan; Ontario, Canada) – Why is Canada’s best playing the NGA Tour? One reason; he doesn’t expect to be here long. Ross dominated the NGA Tour Winter Series on his way to earning the series’ money title. Ross has paid attention to the number of NGAers who have moved up in-season the past few years and, with the NGA Tour’s history of securing event exemptions, and a schedule that makes competing in major tour qualifiers convenient, he plans on being one of them in 2014.
2a. Brandon Brown (E Kentucky; Shelbyville, KY) – The 2011 & 2012 NGA Tour money title winner, and 2012 NGA Tour Player of the Year, has 6 wins in the past 3 seasons. Brown, who went from “Boom Boom” to “Big Daddy” with the birth of his first child in 2013, should be all caught up on his sleep by now.
2b. Jeff Corr (Jacksonville St; Longwood, FL) – The 2011 NGA Tour Player of the Year is approaching legendary status, nearing Chad Campbell’s NGA career earnings record. The only thing that could prevent Corr from passing Campbell is a move back up to the Web.com Tour.
2c. Matt Harmon (Michigan St; Grand Rapids, Mich.) – Awarded the NGA Tour exemption into the Stonebrae Championship in 2012, the 2010 NGA Tour money title winner made the most of his opportunity, finishing 2nd. Now that his health has returned, Harmon should once again rise to the top.
3. Trent Whitekiller (Oklahoma St; Sallisaw, Okla.) – Aside from a win, the 4 players who finished in front of Whitekiller on the 2013 money list have one thing in common, they all earned Web.com status for this season. We expect Whitekiller to join the club, sooner than later.
4. Seth Fair (Indianapolis; Brownsburg, Ind.) – The 2013 Indiana State Open Champion won the NGA Tour's inaugural Loudmouth Classic and finished 7th on last season’s money list. The former Indy Greyhound is on the fast track to golf’s highest levels.
5. Isaac Sanchez (Hawaii; Folsom, Cal.) – Known to NGA fans as a final four participant on Big Break Greenbrier with NGAers Rick Cochran and Mark Silvers, Sanchez returned to the show in 2013 to win Big Break NFL with his teammates; Emily Talley and Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice.
6. Ken Looper (LSU; Mandeville, La.) – The 2012 co-Rookie of the Year narrowly holed out from the fairway on 18 final day at the Zurich Classic, ultimately finishing T21. Had his approach shot moved an inch he would have made the move to the PGA TOUR in-season.
7. Jack Newman (Michigan St; Des Moines, Iowa) – The 2008 US Am Publinks Champ posted 7 top 10’s and back to back fourth place finishes to end last season. His “turning of the corner” earned him Most Improved Player Honors.
8. Chris Wolfe (Armstrong Atlantic; Warner Robins, Ga.) – The former Armstrong Atlantic star had 11 top 25 finishes on the NGA Tour in 2013 and finished 12th on the season ending money list. Wolfe finished hot, placing inside the top 20 in 5 of his final 6 events, including 4 straight to end the year.
9. Blake Sattler (Akron; New Philadelphia, Ohio) – Sattler was better than everyone else in the 2013 Pro Series finale, winning at Woodcreek. The former Zip was known for setting records during his time at Akron and this should be the kick start to bigger and better things in 2014.
10. (tie) James White (Georgia Tech; Acworth, Ga.) & Shun Yat “Jason” Hak (Georgia Tech; Lake Mary, Fla.) – A 3-time All-ACC selection, 2-time All-American, Palmer Cup team member, and Byron Nelson Award Winner, White got his 1st pro win at Orange County National last year. Hak, a former number one ranked junior player in the world who broke Sergio Garcia’s record as the youngest player to make a European Tour cut at the 2008 Hong Kong Open got his first pro win at Black Bear this year. This dynamic duo could take home Player and Rookie of the Year honors in 2014.